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William “Bill” J. Johnson

d. December 26, 2023

William J Johnson (“Bill”), age 90, of Brethren Village in Lititz, PA, died on Tuesday December 26, 2023, after a brief illness. William was born in Lancaster, and preceded in death by his father Robert F Johnson and his mother, Sally V. (Rutledge) Johnson. He was also preceded in death by his beloved stepmother Kathryn H Johnson, his cherished wife of 62 years, Elaine H. Johnson, and his sister Joanne R Zastavny. He is survived by his brother David W Johnson, his sister Roberta Pettit, his son Eric W Johnson, his daughter Carol E Edwards, his son-in-law David L Edwards, and many treasured nieces and nephews.

Bill graduated from Manheim Township High School. During his teenage years, he worked at the Lancaster Stockyards with his father and uncle, and on local farms during the summers. He served for 2 years as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers. He then received his bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College and his MBA from Rutgers University. He worked for RCA prior to joining Quaker State Metals, where he worked for several decades, culminating his career in the position of Controller at what had become Alumax.

Bill was a volunteer for many organizations throughout his life, including the Jay-Cees, United Way, Mental Health Mental Retardation Association, Habitat For Humanity, Snack Packs, and the local Food Bank. He, along with his wife, was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. Bill was an avid builder, with a passion for design and construction, throughout his entire life. He particularly enjoyed building for friends, family, and those in need, selflessly giving of his time and talent, as evidenced by many home improvements and additions completed by him.

Bill was energetic, industrious, funny, friendly, and generous to all he met. He was a loving and dedicated son, brother, father, uncle, and friend. He will be missed dearly by those who knew him.

A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday January 2nd at 11AM, with family visitation starting at 10 AM, at Highland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster. A private interment will take place prior to the visitation. The service will be followed by light refreshments in the church social hall. A link to live streaming of the service can be found at or can be found afterwards on YouTube channel for Highland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity, Highland Presbyterian Church, or Water Street Rescue Mission. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit:
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